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Juliette Touma told The Associated Press that most of the remaining observers will depart within hours while the travels of the others could be delayed because of logistics. There are about 100 observers left in Syria — a third of the number at the peak of the mission earlier this year.

The Security Council agreed this week to end the U.N. mission and back a small new liaison office that will support any future peace efforts.

The U.N.’s top body acknowledged that international efforts to significantly reduce the violence and end the Syrian government’s use of heavy weapons — conditions set for the mission’s possible extension — have failed.


Associated Press writers Albert Aji in Damascus, Syria and Jamal Halaby in Amman, Jordan, contributed to this report.